Is this a legal work placement ? Your thoughts pls
I Work at a huge ABC company, with work in US, Australia, Canada, Europe.
Couple of guys show up at office yesterday, saying we are joining this team.
More digging reveals, they are full time employee @XYZ company (an outsourcing firm) and came to US last year as contractors out of our ABC - NY office.
Their role is to handle work for US /UK clients. In bigger picture we all are part of global North American team, only difference being we are full-time here and handle Canadian work.
With the approval of Director @ ABC-NY office, they requested to move to Toronto office. Which I believe was sure, same time zone, doesn't matter as long work is done.
Now, XYZ - company has a small office in Markham as well , and since that's the primary employer, they did the paperwork and got them 2 yr CA-work visa under company transfer. Which is granted without requiring any labor market assessment.
For now, they are 100% dedicated to work with US/UK clients only.
There is absolutely no hiring or extra work within CA team. Moreover they themselves boasted that we had requirements in Australia, but chose Canada as it was near US and spouse will get open work-permit.
My team and myself are confused and kind of feel cheated (for lack of better word). We understand that their intention is to settle here long term (given the state of US policies) , but then why make this a covert operation.
Is it legal to perform US only work and sitting here in Canada. As I mentioned we have had many cost cuts and no hiring in our specific department here. What is the guarantee that they wont get into our work.
Being a third party contractor having already had entry to work in US, why use our (ABC) offices locations as a hop ? Moreover, they are setting an example for other contractors in their team that moving to CA is as simple as getting permission to work at a clients office. As such, all the paperwork is handled by their parent XYZ outsourcing firm, who I guess are more than happy to increase their headcount here.
I support immigration in it's full merit , but there is something dicey about the route taken here, that's not sitting well. Wanted to see whats others take on this.
and btw: I am helping them and guiding them to open bank accounts, find rentals and advise on which areas to live with families.